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Feedback Requested: Working Draft of GenEd Revision Survey

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Dear Students, Staff and Faculty,

Your feedback is critically important. If you haven’t already, please share your perspectives and recommendations about the Working Draft of a revised General Education Curriculum in the brief 5-10 minute anonymous, online survey linked below. Please share your perspectives by November 17th.

In next steps, the GenEd(it) Group will be consulting with faculty and staff experts on draft learning outcomes for each of the proposed requirements, and drafting an assessment plan.

Thank you for your contributions and engagement in general education revision.

The GenEd(it) Group

Feedback Survey:

Working Draft of a Revised General Education Curriculum:

¡Ándale! Enhance Your Spanish Skills This Spring

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Is it time to move your intermediate Spanish-speaking skills to a higher level? Are you looking for another course to add into your schedule? The Languages and Cross-Cultural Studies department invites you to consider taking Spa 212 for the Spring semester. Continuing your Spanish study is a powerful way to enhance your resume and make you a more viable job candidate in a market that is looking for global competence and multilingual skills. Also, this course counts towards a minor or a major in Spanish and is a great way to get ready for upper-level Spanish courses.
SPA 212 is Intermediate Spanish, a 2nd yr. language course designed to continue building language skills while exploring cultures of the Spanish-speaking world and is intended for students who’ve completed Spanish 211 or the equivalent. Spa 212 meets on campus this spring: MWF 12:30-1:40. Students, faculty and staff are invited to register. Please spread the word to your Augsburg friends!
If you’re wondering if this is the right level for you or have any other questions, please contact Professor Michael Kidd,

General Announcements

Lot J – Future Auggie Parking

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Lot J – Future Auggie Parking – is reserved for guests of Admissions only. We have ran into multiple instances where the lot is full (and not due to our visit schedule) and our guests/prospective students can not find parking that is reserved for them, starting their visit to campus off on the wrong foot. We ask the campus community to kindly respect the reserved lot, and only park there if you have an Admissions approved permit for the 2023-2024 school year. We thank you for your commitment in helping us provide great experiences for prospective students visiting our campus!

Applications Are Now Open for the PRISM Scholars Program

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The PRISM program is designed to support Augsburg juniors and seniors who wish to pursue a career in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Funded by the National Science Foundation, PRISM Scholars receive scholarships of up to $5,000 per semester. Scholars also become a part of the STEM community at Augsburg with opportunities for summer research, faculty mentoring, and career development.

– Enrolled at least half-time in a STEM major (biology, biopsychology, biochemistry, chemistry, data science, computer science, mathematics, or physics)
– Within 5 semesters of graduating with a STEM degree as of Spring 2024 (graduating by May ‘26)
– Major GPA of 2.75 or higher
– U.S. citizen, national, permanent resident, or admitted refugee
– Demonstrated financial need as determined by financial aid status (Pell or MN State grant eligible or equivalent)

Application deadline: Tuesday, November 28th at 11:59pm
Faculty reference deadline: Wednesday, December 6th (applicants should get permission from one faculty member to serve as their reference and name them in their application).

Students who began their college careers at community colleges are encouraged to apply as well as students who began at Augsburg.

To apply, visit:
For more information, go to:
Questions? Contact:

The PRISM Scholarship Program is funded through NSF Award #2030638 through August 2025. Scholarships awarded Fall 2025 and beyond are contingent on continued funding.

Funding for PRISM is provided through the National Science Foundation (NSF) S-STEM program which provides support for high-achieving STEM students with financial need at Augsburg University, Century College, Minneapolis College, and Normandale Community College.

Undergrads: Chance for a $50 Gift Card – Take Our Survey Today

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My name is Dean Harris, and I am a doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology Department at Augsburg University. I am conducting this study as partial fulfillment of my doctoral degree, with Dr. Patricia Hopkins-Smith as my advisor.

You are being invited to participate in a research study on investigating influences of intrapersonal factors on the relationship between casual sex and mental health. Our study focuses on experiences of casual sex in individuals who identify as single or recently single (i.e., have not been in a relationship longer than one month). As such, if you indicated you were in a relationship for longer than one month, you do not meet our study eligibility criteria. We respect and appreciate individuals in various types of relationships, including open or ethically non-monogamous ones, but our current study’s scope is limited to investigating casual sex in those who identify as single (or recently single). If you agree to this study, I will ask you to complete a survey via Qualtrics. This survey will take approximately 20 minutes to complete. After completing all the survey questions, you will be invited, if you wish, to provide contact information to enter in the raffle to win one of three $50 gift card prizes, and/or emailed the results at the end of the study’s conclusion.

If you have any questions now or later, you may contact me, Dean Harris at 612-239-2534 or You can also contact my advisor, Dr. Patricia Hopkins-Smith at 612-330-1567 or If you contact me or my advisor, understand that your anonymity cannot be guaranteed; however, if you decide to participate, your data will not be connected to your name. If you have questions about your rights as a research subject or want to discuss problems/complaints about the research study, send an email to

Dean Harris
Doctoral Student in Clinical Psychology Department at Augsburg University

Survey Link

Notice: CWC Closed TODAY – Friday, November 17

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Good morning,

The Center for Wellness and Counseling will be closed on Friday, November 17th. We will be answering emails and phones if anyone needs to connect with CWC.

Phone: 612-330-1707

CWC offers after hours phone counseling anytime the office is closed. Call 612-330-1707 and choose option 1 to be connected to a licensed counselor 24/7.

We also offer walk in hours weekly **available when class start**, Monday-1:00pm-3:00pm, Wednesday-1:00pm-3:00pm, and Thursday-1:00pm-3:00pm.

Please also check the link below for more immediate support options:
Crisis Support – Center for Wellness and Counseling

Earn Course Credits with Short Term Study Abroad This May: Apply Today

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:Interested in earning class credit with Augsburg classmates and an Augsburg professor for a short time in May? Sign up today for one of these amazing opportunities!

***Innovation & Resistance: Photography and History in Paris and Berlin***

Travel Dates: May 15th-May 30th

Faculty Leaders: Jacqueline deVries and Christopher Houltberg

This is a 2-class program, and you’ll earn 8 credits, as well as Augsburg Experience. You’ll choose one History and one Photography course:

• HIS 195 – Topics in European History, fulfills Humanities liberal arts foundation requirement, OR

• HIS 390 – Topics in European History,


• ART 133 – Introduction to Digital Photography, fulfills Fine Arts liberal arts foundation requirement, OR
• ART 333 – Advanced Digital Photography

***Explorations in Greece: Economy, Ethics and Culture***

Travel to Greece

Travel Dates: May 12 – 27, 2024

Faculty: Stella Hofrenning and Phyllis Kapetenakis

Course options: All students must choose one course:

KEY 490 – Keystone

BUS 490 – Keystone

ECO 495 available by arrangement with professors

This program also fulfills the Augsburg Experience requirement.

Visit businesses of all kinds, enjoy guest lectures from Greek business professionals and experts, visit museums, try fresh, local foods, and more!

***Arts, Culture, and Community in Cuba***

Study Abroad in Cuba in May

– fine arts class for all majors

Have the experience of a lifetime–sign up for a summer fine arts study abroad program, led by professor Beliza Torres Narvaez. Spend 12 days in Cuba this May exploring arts and culture!

Travel: May 12-23, 2024

Course: THR 295 – Topics: Arts, Culture, and Community in Cuba, (Fine Arts requirement), 4 credits fulfills Augsburg Experience, too!

Click here to learn more about the programs

One More Spot for STW’s First Community Practice Cohort

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The Reell Office of Seeing Things Whole has one more spot available to launch STW’s first Community Practice Cohort.

Due to evolving work responsibilities, our third cohort member is no longer able to participate, so I am looking for one more individual to join this initial program now set to launch in January.

Seeing Things Whole is a disciplined process that embraces organization’s relationships to the larger world, cultivating whole leaders and thriving organizations to positively impact the common good.

Working closely with professional staff and cohort members, participants will receive customized coaching, develop mutually supportive relationships, and learn to apply the Seeing Things Whole framework to real-life problems. Over the course of three months, cohort members will identify and dig into a particular workplace challenge, gaining insights and perspective to see the whole of their situation and formulate an effective path forward.

Cohort members are asked to:
• Attend three in-person Whole Leader Roundtable sessions (dates in January, February, and March)
• Work with fellow cohort members and staff to articulate and make progress on a leadership challenge
• Present the challenge to a Whole Leader Roundtable and receive focused feedback and insight
• Share progress and provide accountability within the Community of Practice Cohort
• Participate in structured reflection throughout the experience
This opportunity is ideal for any individual looking to develop a deeper, more positive connection between their values and leadership action.

Please reach out with questions or potential introductions as soon as possible to participate in this unique program opportunity.

Keri Clifton
Program Director, Reell Office of Seeing Things Whole

Online Survey – Chance to Win $100 Gift Card

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Hello Auggies! I am a graduate student seeking participants for a research study. I am exploring how one’s ability to recognize and regulate their own and others’ emotions may relate to feelings of depression and social disconnect. Participation in this study will involve completing a series of behavioral health inventories and a demographic screener that will take approximately 15 minutes to complete. These inventories will ask if you have experienced symptoms of depression or loneliness and ask how intensely you experience your everyday emotions. Following completion of these inventories, participants will complete a test online that will walk participants through a variety of different tasks, such as recognition of facial expressions and implied social meanings. This test will take approximately 45 minutes to complete. All participation in this study is done online from the comfort of your own home. Students are invited to participate in this study if you: (1) are between the ages of 18 and 31; (2) have not been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, schizophrenia, or a personality disorder; (3) have not experienced an interpersonally traumatic life event (i.e., assault by another human being); and (4) are not currently experiencing a major health concern (i.e., life threatening illness/injury or significant transplant/removal surgery).

For your time, participants will be entered into a random lottery drawing for one of three $100 Amazon gift cards!

If you have any questions or concerns regarding participation in this study, please contact me at If you would like to participate in this study, please click the link below. You will be taken to a secure, online survey where you will be presented with a consent form followed by the demographic screener and brief inventories. Upon completion of these, you will be shown the link to the final assessment.
Thank you!

New Staff Positions This Week (2)

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The following Augsburg Staff positions were posted within the past 7 days:

11/15/2023: Public Safety Officer – Hiring Bonus
11/13/2023: Staff Accountant

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New Student Positions This Week (2)

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The following Augsburg Student positions were posted within the past 7 days:

11/15/2023: Student: Institutional Advancement Office Assistant
11/14/2023: Student: Multicultural Life/LatinX Student Services

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Act Now – Open Enrollment Ends Nov. 20

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Submit your Open Enrollment form today! Open Enrollment ends November 20 at 4:30 p.m.

Open Enrollment is the only time of year when you may elect or change your benefits for the coming year, unless you experience a qualifying life event.

During open enrollment, no action means no coverage.

Employees who fail to act by November 20 will not have coverage effective January 1, 2024, and must wait until the next open enrollment period to elect coverage, unless a qualifying life event occurs.

How to Access the 2024 Enrollment Form: Inside Augsburg > Administrative Tasks > Open Enrollment

Every benefits-eligible employee must act by electing or declining health, dental or vision insurance coverages and a flexible spending or health savings account. Your 2023 elections WILL NOT automatically carry over to 2024. You are required to complete the online enrollment form for the 2024 elections even if you elect to waive your 2024 coverage.

Visit the HR website to view recorded information sessions:

Email with any questions.

2024 Benefits Guide

Questions on Your FSA/HSA During Open Enrollment

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If you have questions regarding your HSA or FSA account(s), either existing or new in 2024, you are encouraged to contact HR Simplified directly for the most accurate and up-to-date information. They have experts who specialize in the complex rules and regulations governing these plans, and Augsburg relies on our partnership with HR Simplified to ensure accurate information will be provided to our employees during open enrollment and throughout the plan year. They can be reached at 888.318.7472, Option #1. Their customer service hours are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. CST, Monday through Thursday, and 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. CST on Fridays. You may also email them Please contact HR Simplified as your first resources for all of your HSA/FSA questions and concerns. Thank you!

Event Announcements

Yoga Monday

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Center for Counseling and Wellness, will offer a short reflection followed by mindfulness practice led by Tara Mader, Assistant Professor, Department of Health, Physical Education and Exercise Science, Center for Teaching and Learning Fellow.

Please come join us on Monday, November 20th from 10:40am-11:40am in Marshall Room, Christensen Center

OPEN TO ALL (Staff, Faculty, Students)

Happy Hmong New Year

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Celebrate the Hmong New Year with Hmong Women Together! We will have Augsburg’s Hmong New Year on Saturday November 18th from 4:30-9:00PM (Performances 4:30-6:30, Dinner 6:30, Open dance and ball toss 7-9). All are welcome, the event is open to the public with free parking in Lot L. Dinner will be provided with a lineup of fantastic performances and a fashion show. Come dressed in your Hmong outfits if you have them! We will be in the Foss Chapel.

Check Hmong New Year out on AuggieLife

Join Us for Trans Day of Remembrance

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Trans Day of Remembrance (TDOR) is on Monday, November 20. TDOR follows Transgender Awareness Week (Nov. 13-19) and is an annual observance and honoring of the trans community members whose lives we have lost.

This year, LGBTQIA+ Student Services would like to offer you an open invitation to join us for our TDOR services. We will be at Daily Chapel from 10:40 AM – 11:00 AM for a short presentation on the history of TDOR and a brief reflection from the LGBTQIA+ Student Services Program Manager. Later in the day, we will be hosting our annual TDOR Vigil from 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM in the Marshall Room.

The campus community is welcome to attend either Daily Chapel, the vigil, or both to share space and honor our trans community members. The presence and support of allies is appreciated in the space but we humbly ask that non-trans/non-queer folks be mindful of which bodies and voices are prioritized in these spaces.

As part of the TDOR vigil, trans students are welcome and encouraged to share their voices by offering words or reflections if they are comfortable and willing. For more information, please reach out to the LGBTQIA+ Student Services Program Manager at if you are interested in participating.

We hope to have you share these spaces with us on Monday, November 20.

All the best,
LGBTQIA+ Student Services

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Commissions Open for the Holidays – Get a Personalized, Painted Mini Pet Portrait

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Hate shopping but want a unique gift for the holidays? I am opening commissions for mini pet portraits.

My name is Rebecca and I work for the Minnesota Urban Debate League, but I’m also a painter. The Augsburg community was a great help for me to have some extra spending money last year.

I am painting acrylic on canvas in multiple small sizes for the following prices:

4″ x 4″: $40

4″ x 5″: $50

5″ x 5″: $70

5″ x 7″: $80

8″ x 10″: $120

I will ask you for a photo of the pet to copy and some colors you like, as well as the pets’ interests, to inform the background.

This provides a good sample of the type of portraits I do:

As does this link:

I can be paid by cash, Venmo, or PayPal and can drop off on Augsburg’s campus OR mail in the USA as needed.

If you are interested, please reach out ASAP so I can have reasonable lead time for creating these commissions by the holidays. Serious inquiries only. Please email me at if you are interested.